Founded in 1765, Sasanokawa Shuzo is a distillery based in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, originally specialized in sake and shochu production. If the former is known to the most, the second is a distillate which, depending on the region of production, can be made with barley, sweet potatoes, rice, sesame, wheat or cane sugar; is one of Japan's oldest drinks and the island of Kyushu is considered a homeland. The distillery, however, since 1946, also produces Whiskey, combining the peculiarities of Japanese tradition with those of modernity. The production of Whiskey in Japan began around 1870, but the first commercial production dates back to 1924, the year when it opened the country's first distillery; capable of letting any connoisseurs open, Japanese whiskeys are created with particular attention to softness, using the old distillation methods almost completely abandoned by their Scottish masters. In less than a century Japanese Whiskeys have reached the summit of quality so much to be awarded the San Francisco World Spirits Awards and the World Whiskey Awards; the mild climate, the many springs and the presence of peat bogs contribute to shaping delicate, scented Whiskey, sometimes smoked in the style of Islay Whiskey. In particular, the Sasanokawa Shuzo is known mainly for Yamazakura, Blended Japanese Whiskey whose name comes from the Japanese words yama, mountain, and sakura, cherry; intense, with citrus notes, coconut, vanilla, toast and licorice, this Whiskey is made up of a mixture of corn (80%) and barley malt (20%) and aged for at least 16 years in ex-bourbon barrels. Its excellent quality invites you to discover not only the other products of Sasanokawa Shuzo but also all the other distillates of the Sol Levante, especially considering that in 2014, the best Whiskey in the world was just a Japanese.
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